The Concept Hamburg Maschine


In the twentieth century, the current city was a representative stage, a productive factory, a planned infrastructure, a built physicality, and a social reality, sustained by a political community. This has not changed, yet the city has been radically transformed by the current cybernetic epoch. In this transition from an industrial to a machinist and socio-technological system, what will become of the urban structures in place? What functions can a future art for and in public space have? And, what meaning will art obtain in this society?
During this transition, HAMBURG MASCHINE engages in establishing a model institution. By the end of the second term of Stadtkuratorin in 2020, ideally, a foundation for a newly structured and reformulated funding strategy will have been put in place for Hamburg’s existing public art program. The idea of a model institution arises from the desire for a physical space, a future institution that is tangible, visible, accessible, and usable. This type of space does not yet exist. It intends to be open, public, and secure (even for data) and will be developed in collaboration with artists, according to the following maxim: Utilize art to create new paths and generate a momentum to democratize democracy.
Following these calls for change, the program HAMBURG MASCHINE attempts to engender a new urban art. A spectrum of artistic possibilities will not only strengthen Hamburg as an international art center but also strengthen the existing ties between local participants. The public’s interest and a grassroots curatorial approach lie at the base of this project, which plans to encompass various city neighborhoods, going beyond the Mitte district.

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